Kota Gede

Kota Gede

The Kota Gede, the Dutch ship on which my father, Bill Belton, escaped the Japanese invasion in the Far East in February 1942. 

The Kota Gede at Colombo Harbour, March 1942

We found this picture of the Kota Gede amongst dad’s pictures, on the reverse dad wrote “Over 2,000 airmen escaped from Java to India on this small cargo ship. Feb 27th 1942”. “This little cargo ship saved me from being a prisoner of war in Java on Feb 27 1942. Kota Gede (Dutch) left Tillichapp Harbour 27/2/1942 Java with about 2,000 airmen evacuated from Java to Ceylon now called Sri Lanka”.

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